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Often times I get frustrated because I cannot find a recipe that is exactly what I want. So what do I do?? Make up my own recipe! Such is the case for this one. I have been craving this kind of muffin since I LOVE cranberries and it is such a festive holiday food, not to mention very good for you. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, among many other important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Add heart healthy walnuts, vitamin C rich orange juice, and healthy whole-wheat flour and these muffins are a delicious and guilt-free treat. Eat them warmed spread with a little bit of butter and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Zest of one orange
  • Juice of one orange
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins with muffin cups (of course I use festive Santa ones :))
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, gently combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Mix together eggs, vanilla, sugar, canola oil, orange zest, and orange juices. Slowly add in flour mixture. Then gently add in walnuts and cranberries.
  4. Scoop into muffin tins- I filled them up to the top using one scoop of a big spoon. It will look like a lot but they do not rise too much.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure they are fully cooked.

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This Saturday was the first one I have had off from work ALL summer…crazy I know! I love farmers markets and since they are usually on Saturdays I have been unable to go. I was SO excited to have this one off so I jumped at the opportunity to the local farmers market with some of my friends. This one is right down the street from my house and it was so much fun…lots of yummy food, beautiful crafts, and everything else that farmers markets have! I bought lots of fresh veggies and put together the yummiest dinner with them and a kafir lime curry sauce that I bought as well. I am definitely going to try to hit up more farmers markets before they stop in October…lots yummy and healthy fruit and veggies and I love tasting everything!!! Below are some pictures of the fresh produce and the dinner that I made with my goodies! 🙂

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I woke up this morning after a little too much tequila last night craving something cold and healthy. I looked in the fridge and noticed I had a ton of fresh berries as well as as fresh spinach so I decided to put together this smoothie. I was a little unsure since I have never had spinach in a smoothie before but to be honest you couldn’t even taste it! It made me feel so good knowing that I was drinking up all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in this smoothie. Berries are full of vitamin C, fiber, and powerful antioxidants and spinach is a huge super veggie that is high in vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, folate, and iron. Definitely a super healthy smoothie and super delicious!!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flaxseed
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  • Place all ingredients in blender and bled to desired consistency. Enjoy!
Note: You can always swap in other berries if you would like. I think strawberries would be yummy too but I didn’t have any! 

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I love love love salmon and have been craving it lately so decided to make it tonight for dinner. I was planning to make rice and steamed spinach with it but it has been so hot that I ended up just making it into a salad with the spinach, which was light, healthy, delicious, and VERY nutritious. I found this yummy marinade made by Lawry’s and they have so many different kinds that I bought a few. I can’t wait to test them all out since this one was so yummy!

Ingredients:

  • Salmon fillets (as many as you are cooking)
  • Lawry’s Hawaiian style marinade
  • Pineapple (I use the little Dole cups in 100% real fruit juice)
  • Olive oil
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish so salmon does not stick to it. Place salmon fillets in and pour marinade over. I use about a 1/4 cup of marinade for every 2 fillets but definitely use more/less if you want to. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes and then top with the pineapple (and juice from the fruit cup). Put in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until salmon is cooked through.
Serve with rice, veggies, or over spinach leaves and with balsamic vinaigrette (and any other veggies and toppings that you like) like I did tonight!

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Here is a yummy recipe for a tropical smoothie that reminds me of Hawaii 🙂

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 container canned pineapple (I use the little Dole 4 oz. cups)
  • 1 container coconut yogurt (I use the Liberte brand and it is so yummy!)
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flaxseed
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency. Enjoy!!!

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Okay people here is today’s healthy smoothie recipe! I made this up with the fruit in my refrigerator and I am very happy to say that it turned out super yummy! Like all of my other fruit and flax smoothies, it is super healthy and provides a ton of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients into your diet. I also LOVE the beautiful purple color when everything is blended together! Try it… I guarantee you will love it too!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flax
  • Drizzle of agave
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  1. Put all ingredients in blender and mix until desired consistency. Drink up and ENJOY! 🙂
Nutrition 411:
  • Blackberries are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber.
  • Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and fiber and also provide vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
  • Kiwis are super high in vitamin C. Just one kiwi provides your whole daily requirement of vitamin C!
  • Flax, as we ALL know from my other posts has several important health benefits. #1: It is an easy way to sneak some omega-3′s into your diet, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Just one serving of flax gives you 2800mg of omega-3′s, which is better than none! #2: Flax is a rich source of fiber- just 3 tbsp of it yields a huge 5g of fiber! A Lignans nd how easy is it to mix 3 tbsp of flax into a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, or any of your other favorite foods! #3: Flax is high in lignans, which are plant estrogens or phytoestrogens (which contain lots of powerful antioxidants that will make you healthy). are common in most plant foods, but flax has 75x more than any other plant food!
  • Agave is a natural sweetener and it much better for you than traditional sugary sweeteners that people like to add into their foods.
  • Nonfat yogurt is full of vitamin D and calcium to promote bone health. Whenever possible, always choose nonfat yogurt since it contains less fat and calories than other yogurts with just as much nutritional value.

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Hi everyone! Here is this week’s smoothie recipe. 🙂 I was at the grocery store the other day and ALL of the fruit looked so delicious so I bought a little bit of everything. Surprise surprise right?? I can never say no to yummy fresh produce!! I put together this smoothie with some of the fruit. And don’t worry, more recipes will follow this weekend with the rest of my yummy fresh fruit!

Here is the recipe!

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 large fresh strawberries
  • 1 container Dole peaches in 100% juice (or 1/2 cup if you use fresh peaches)
  • 1 nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. ground golden flax
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • 2 cups ice
Directions:
  1. Wash and prepare fruits (cut if necessary). Place all ingredients in blender and MIX IT UP! Enjoy. 🙂
Note: You can always use fresh or frozen fruit in my smoothies. I just love fresh fruit but if/when it is not in season I definitely use frozen. I just think fresh tastes better but that might just be me. 🙂 

All blended up and ready to DRINK!

Nutritional Info:
  • Bananas are FULL of potassium.
  • Strawberries and raspberries contain LOTS of vitamin C and fiber.
  • Peaches are high in vitamin C and vitamin A.
  • Agave is a natural sweetener and it much better for you than traditional sugary sweeteners that people like to add into their foods.
  • The nonfat yogurt provides calcium and vitamin D without all of the added fat in low-fat or full-fat yogurts.
  • Flax, as we ALL know from my other posts has several important health benefits. #1: It is an easy way to sneak some omega-3′s into your diet, an important nutrient that many of us are deficient in. Just one serving of flax gives you 2800mg of omega-3′s, which is better than none! #2: Flax is a rich source of fiber- just 3 tbsp of it yields a huge 5g of fiber! A Lignans nd how easy is it to mix 3 tbsp of flax into a smoothie, yogurt, oatmeal, or any of your other favorite foods! #3: Flax is high in lignans, which are plant estrogens or phytoestrogens (which contain lots of powerful antioxidants that will make you healthy). are common in most plant foods, but flax has 75x more than any other plant food!

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